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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza

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N. 3 - 25 mar 2015
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

Socio-economico

The scientific production of Cnr

According to Elsevier Scopus database, Cnr scientific production has been continuously growing from 1996 onwards. Once inserted 'Cnr' in the 'search' string in the 'Affiliation search' tab of Scopus® webpage, all the affiliations containing 'Cnr' in their name have been retrieved. This search rendered 88 affiliation. Of these ones, the first and more populated (93,319 scientific product as of end of February, 2015) was 'Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Cnr' based in Rome. The other 87 were all ascribable to different Cnr articulation (mainly Institutes).

Once obtained the affiliations, obtaining publications per year exploiting the features of Scopus® has been an even easier play. Cnr scientific production has been continuously growing from 1996 onwards. For what about 2014, as anybody also marginally involved in bibliometrics knows, data are not reliable as they are still largely incomplete. This because data extraction has been performed too early (February 2015) after the end of the year to have complete data.

The present note has obviously some limitations: Scopus® encompasses most of these scientific products (journal articles, book chapters, congress contributions, books) but not all of them. Nevertheless, it is also true that its coverage is not complete also in these typologies: for instance publications in languages other than English can be covered only if they contain an abstract in English. Thus the scientific production of Cnr could be in principle even more relevant in terms of number of scientific products. Obviously, numbers of products tell nothing about the quality of the production. This note should be considered only as a preliminary approach to the topic, that may deserve further deepening also due to its relevance in terms of policy decisions.

Ugo Finardi